- $15 for $30 worth of tropical appetizers and drinks
- See the menu.
Rose and Stanley Sacharski never meant to open a tiki bar. Their first watering hole, The Lucky Start on Fullerton and Lockwood, was a simple neighborhood tavern until some bamboo wall coverings inspired endless questions from customers: were they a tiki bar? By 1963, the Sacharskis decided their answer was yes, and let their young son pick a new name—Hala Kahiki—from a copy of Dennis the Menace Goes to Hawaii.
Now located inside a former greenhouse in River Grove, Hala Kahiki pours more than 100 tropical-themed cocktails, mingling rum with daiquiris and gin with tropical fruits. Hanging shells sway above the bamboo-lined bar, and rattan lampshades and cane chairs evoke the pleasures of an endless Hawaiian summer. Tables and chairs dot a spacious outdoor garden, and an on-site gift shop stocks Hawaiian shirts, leis, wood-hewn lamps, and several former cast members of Gilligan's Island.
What some people are buzzing about:
The drinks are enormous and delicious!!T. F., Yelp, 8/20/11
This place is awesome to come in and catch up with a few good friends!Nina I., Yelp, 1/30/12
92% of 2,370 customers recommend
“Don't order on last call! The drinks are nice and big, but they still will kick you out even if they only gave you a chance to sip it once because they took forever...”
“Don't order on last call! The drinks are nice and big, but they still will kick you out even if they only gave you a chance to sip it once because they took forever to make them.”
“Great drinks! Try the zombie and purple zombie bro!”
“It was great. I will come back!”
2834 North River Road
River Grove, Illinois 60171Get Directions